On Taking Pictures

On Taking Pictures

Every week, Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.

Hosted by Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris.



#110: The ‘Why’ is Much More Interesting

June 3, 2014 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 42 minutes

This week, Bill’s recent viewing of Tim’s Vermeer inspires a discussion around the technical nature of creating art. If we allow the process to be augmented by technology, at what point is the art in the making and not in the end result? Also, we discuss an interview with Cartier-Bresson and wonder if he would embrace modern changes in photography such as Instagram. Andreas Gursky (Rhein II) is our Photographer of the Week.


#109: Cause and Effect Issue

May 27, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 43 minutes

This week we’re talking about intent. Whether how you shoot, how you practice or what tools you use, intent seems to be directly proportional to outcome. Also, what makes a curator? Does accreditation automatically mean better or more valid or can you just have great taste? Former Look and Life shooter Douglas Kirkland is our Photographer of the Week.


#108: Capital “P” Picasso

May 20, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

A big discussion on the differences between art and craft lead off this week’s show, inspired in part by a listener email. We also talk about obstacles, both personal and professional and how they can sometimes relegate Making Things to the back burner, if only for a while. Larry Fink is our Photographer of the Week.


#107: Backwards To Go Forwards

May 13, 2014 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 50 minutes

This week, a big discussion about creativity - how sometimes you need to put down the todo list and just focus on making the work that makes you happy and let the chips fall where they may. Also, some thoughts from Picasso on why you shouldn’t compromise in your art. Diane Arbus is our Photographer of the Week.


#106: The Story Is In The Risk

May 6, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 52 minutes

This week, a new book from photographer Danny Lyon sparks a great discussion about intent and we unpack the idea of creating a body of work versus living your way through it. We also ask the question: “Is art a part of our lives or are our lives a part of some greater art?” Jeff Wall is our Photographer of the Week. Please help us grow the show by sharing it with your friends via Twitter or Facebook.


#105: More of the Crazy Juice

April 29, 2014 at 2:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

On the heels of Paris Photo, this week we’re talking about inspiration and how art is too often priced for collectors, rather than fans. Is taking great pictures enough to be a great photographer? Also, making art doesn’t always have to be a painful experience. Plus, Art Kane is our Photographer of the Week.


#104: Happy Doing What You’re Doing Right Now

April 22, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 49 minutes

This week, we discuss experience versus results and how process sometimes trumps outcome. Also, do photographers, particularly photojournalists, have a responsibility to filter what not to show? A listener question about placing a value on our work - why is it so difficult? Carl van Vechten is our Photographer of the Week.


#103: A Lifetime of Rehearsal

April 15, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 58 minutes

This week, we discuss obsession as both a motivator and a meditation and whether or not photography might be just one big performance. Also, do you worry about what you’re not shooting as much as what you are? Plus, living for your resume vs. your eulogy. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus is our Photographer of the Week.


#102: Rigging the Roulette Wheel

April 8, 2014 at 9:30AM • 1 hour 52 minutes

Big Q&A show this week as we attempt to tackle some of your questions from the Google+ Community. We got some great questions on process, intent and even the business side of creativity. Danny Lyon is our Photographer of the Week.


#101: Cookie Cutter Wisdom

April 1, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

This week, we discuss authenticity - is the quest for authenticity real or just a hoax perpetuated by hipsters and organic farmers? Also, thoughts on Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art - realizing what you are and getting down to business. Could this book be a good candidate for a group discussion? Plus, Lee Friedlander is our PotW.